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App of the Day: Prox on Android

Amazon’s Free app of the day is Chuzzle, but we’re skipping it again in favor of an independent developer.

We were turned onto an app called Prox over the weekend that utilizes the proximity sensor of your phone to complete actions.  It’s like using the Force to make your phone complete magic tricks such as opening the app drawer or pulling down the notification bar.  Prox pairs your accelerometer to your proximity sensor, and then lets you swipe in front of it at different angles to initiate different tasks.  It’s a pretty cool concept that we’ll be following closely to see where this dev plans to take it.

Think of tilting your phone towards you and then swiping in front of the sensor to pop up  your browser. You could then lay it flat and swipe again to open the camera, followed by a tilt left to jump to Facebook and finish it off with a tilt right to jump back home.  Seeing the possibilities?  And if that made no sense at all, we’ve attached a video below that should walk you through it.  

*Note:  I was able to bypass my lockscreen with Prox enabled, so that’ll need to be fixed.

*Note 2:  If you are having issues with the app, head over to the dev’s site for support.

Market Link ($1.99) | Lite Version

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*Note to developer:  We got the first email – should have stopped there.

  • Carlos

    Just downloaded this, and it’s frickin’ awesome!!

    • Carlos

      So cool, got it set so when it’s flat and I pass my hand over it, lightsabre sound plays!! OMFG I am such a geek LOL!!

  • surfjunkie1

      I got it and found it to be very user friendly, although it took a little playing with at first to get used to my phones tilt. Very cool app.

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  • Cgmartin33

    Anyone else not finding it in the market?

    • Andrew Hewitt

      Im not… I don’t know whats going on.

    • Andrew Hewitt

      Im not… I don’t know whats going on.

  • Anonymous

    Runs awesome on the LG Optimus V (to my fellow Droid Lifers who enjoy cheap [resonable] phone rates). 

  • Matt

    Anyone have any luck with the Thunderbolt?

    • Lancer

      Thunderbolt have an iffy proximity sensor. Try blowing where the sensor is and see if there is any dust in there. There is also an issue with the software, but I believe it has already been fixed.

  • http://profiles.google.com/wjnewman17 William Newman

     Worked for me on Droid X running leak GB, not the .595 though.

    Cleaned house on the battery though. 20% in a swift 45 min, only playing with it for 15 of that.

  • Coldnorthmenace

    It looks to me like it has been yanked from the market.

    • Guest

      FUD… don’t spread false info 

      • Coldnorthmenace

         I am getting no link to it in the market.  No matter which one I click.  leaked GB 595

        • Guest

          I have bought and installed it. Dev raised the price to 1.99. Yesterday it was 1.50 

  • Anonymous

    “*Note to developer:  We got the first email – should have stopped there. ”

    Huh?

    • Guest

      yea? Is the app stolen or what? 

    • Guest

      yea? Is the app stolen or what? 

      • Anonymous

        Yeah im curious as to what they mean

        What happened Kellex?

        • Guest

          Cause I bought the app out of curiosity, dont want to be a part of a mess…damn 

          • Anonymous

            I didnt  buy it yet, but I would like to know what happened before i do

          • Lancer

            Dev sent him too many emails. That is all… 

          • Guest

            Why is the thread locked on xda forums? 

          • Lancer

            Thread was locked because it was posted in the wrong section (paid apps have a different section). 

          • Anonymous

            Ok thanks.  just making sure  !

        • joe

          several of the developers friends also recommended the app, it was an overload of emails i presume

  • Anonymous

    “*Note to developer:  We got the first email – should have stopped there. ”

    Huh?

  • MK17

     Cool idea, but I can see a lot of programs getting accidentally opened. I can only see this being used as a way to impress your friends with your droid, but not as an everyday use. I’ll stick with gestures on my CM7 lock screen for now.. I’ll stick with gestures on my CM7 lock screen for now.

    • MK17

       Oops, I double wrote that ending…

  • Anonymous

    I dont see anything letting me play an audio file. I totally want it to say “I don’t need to see your identification. These aren’t the droids we’re looking for” when I swipe my hand across.

    • Lancer

      This action is already in progress. Expect an update with this ability by the end of the week :) 

  • Cgmartin33

    Links are broken…can’t find it in the market!

  • Jake

    Could I use this to automatically call 911 and text my wife if I flip my car? :) 

    • Jarrough

      go go gadget skates. 

  • Anonymous

     I have not been happy with the “App of the day” from the past 2 days. It’s a great idea, but the featured apps should be exceptional!

  • greg

    Okay, I’ve downloaded, and attempted to change commands… and it’s damn near impossible to do so. Sticking with Swipepad. 

  • trogdor3222

     according to the market website, this application isn’t compatible with my droid x (currently running gingerbread .595)?

  • Matt

    Tried out the Lite version on my T-bolt.. Doesn’t appear to be working.  Any thoughts?

    • Anonymous

      Agreed – the lite version only features two aspects – hold phone at 45 degree angle and swipe notification panel and lie flat and swipe to activate home button.  In either case, I found that I had to swipe over the phone a couple or even a few times to get it to work.  Could it be the TBolt sensor?  Geez, this frigg’n phone just wants to make me hate it if that’s true!  lol  

      • Matt

        I can’t get it to work AT ALL!

  • greg

    so the swiping hand gesture… say if it’s in your pocket..or on your ear…? 

    • Anonymous

       Accidentally executing commands would annoy the hell out of me, but I like the concept

      • Greg

        yeah that’s my main issue. I can see me doing this and draining the hell out of my battery. but screw it. it’s $2 and I’m on a diet. lol 

        • http://www.romviews.net Joe

          my droid has an extremely old battery and tends to drain quickly, but i can tell no difference with or without the app running. also, in response to the accidental swipes, if the screen is off the service is stopped i believe

  • PyroHoltz

    Kellex,

    What GB ROM are you running for this screen shot? I like the battery percentage on top instead of next to the battery icon as in CM7.

    • Anonymous

       Those are the dev shots. :P

      • PyroHoltz

        Oh, haha…are you able to venture a guess? I haven’t seen a GB ROM with such feature. Perhaps it’s an app?

        Anyone else know?

  • Anonymous

    The ‘P’ in the status bar reminds me of the Periphery(band) ‘P’

    • Anonymous

      Yeah my works logo looks like it also. Mainly just the circles around the P. http://goo.gl/avmoq

      • Anonymous

        Nice!

        • Anonymous

          i swear i didnt mean for that to happen lol.

  • Greg

    Yeah a video was needed cause that description was the balls. 

  • Fattie McDoogles

    Interesting concept interested to see where it goes. I guess that means Droid-life is kind of a big deal now if developers are spamming trying to get featured lol.

  • )v(urphy

    Cool concept.

  • Anonymous

     really? spamming from fake gmail accounts? ugh

  • Anonymous

     Cool